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By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 6:49 pm

This is worth listening to – an insight into the torture that goes on at Guantanamo Bay…



By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 5:02 pm

We’ve heard our political masters wax indignant at the bonus payments and generous pay-offs awarded to bankers in recent times. So, it’s interesting to note that civil servants have quit Whitehall with golden handshakes worth nearly £1billion over the past three years.

Around 15,000 pen-pushers have pocketed taxpayer-funded redundancy handouts worth an average of £60,000 each, it was revealed last night. Yet hundreds of new bureaucrats and temporary office staff have been taken on in their departments after their departures. he figures showed those pocketing the best golden handshakes were at the Foreign Office where redundancy payments averaged £139,000. At the Home Office, the average pay-off was £100,000.

In total, more than £900million of taxpayers’ money was spent on Whitehall redundancy payments during the years 2006-9.  Nearly half of the total was swallowed up by staff quitting the Department of Work and Pensions. It paid £400million to let 8,500 staff go. At Defence, £180million was spent making 2,300 civil servants redundant. Figures also showed new staff were being taken on by departments laying people off with lucrative handouts.

This is how it works. One rule for the public sector, another for the private sector. It is said that many of those bloated fatcats in the Financial sector who rightly got the sack are now headed for the public sector, having realised that this is the one area where government refuses to take any effective action.


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 4:54 pm

I see that Dublin saw the funeral for the Celtic tiger take place today.

“The national protest against the manner in which the financial crisis is being handled by the Government began fifteen minutes earlier than scheduled this afternoon to accommodate the sheer number of people gathering in Dublin’s Parnell Square.

Estimates by Gardai put the numbers marching at between 100,000 and 120,000. The Irish Congress of Trade Unions (Ictu), organisers of the march, say more than 120,000 people are in attendance. The first protesters had reached the Dáil as people waited to begin marching at Parnell Square.

ICTU general secretary David Begg told marchers the whole banking system needed to be nationalised. He appealed to the Government to talk to the union movement on its 10 point plan for economic recovery.”

Trade unionists are in for one major shock if they actually believe the nonsense they spout since the Irish Government is not in a position to do what is being asked of it. The truth is that Ireland is trapped inside a monetary system that is killing it but yet, in a remarkably perverse act, it will vote later this year to deepen the EU. 


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I commend this post by Cranmer on dying “Reality TV” personality Jade Goody.

A glimpse of the growing shadows in the valley of death can cause all of to reflect on how we live our daily lives and I think that Cranmer captures both the humanity of Jade and the mercy of God.

Go read it.  



By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 12:56 pm

See full size imageWe’ve been saying it here for years now but the truth is simple: Israel cannot live with a nuclear Iran. The Mullahs intentions towards Israel are clear, though the anti-semitic delusional international left pretend othewise. Netanyhanu put it this way….

“Israel was set for the return to power of Binyamin Netanyahu after the Likud leader was invited to form a coalition government yesterday.  Immediately after he was invited to become the next prime minister by President Peres, Mr Netanyahu lost no time in restating his warnings about a nuclear-armed Iran, calling it the greatest existential threat faced by Israel since its creation. His words came a day after the UN announced that Tehran had acquired sufficient uranium to build a nuclear bomb — a “red line” development Israel has said it will not tolerate.”

Israel will have to move against the Iranians but the problem is that Obama will oppose such necessary action and so the day may come, very soon, when relations turn from cool to frozen. Maybe that is a price Israel is prepared to pay – at least Obama will not move to wipe Israel off the map. I hope.


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 10:45 am

I see that British Muslims are showing their sense of patriotism by…..providing the Taliban with electronic devices to make roadside bombs for use in attacks against British forces serving in southern Afghanistan.

“The devices, which enable Taliban fighters to detonate roadside bombs by remote control, are either sent to sympathizers in the region, or carried by volunteers who fly to Pakistan and then make their way across the border.

Details of how British electronic components have been found in roadside bombs were given to David Miliband, the Foreign Secretary, when he visited British troops at their military compound at Lashkagar, in Helmand province, earlier this week. In a briefing on British operations in southern Afghanistan by Brigadier Gordon Messenger, the Royal Marine commander of the British battlegroup, Mr Miliband was shown examples of the crude, home-made devices that are being used in attacks against British patrols.”

Mmm — British Muslims flying to Pakistan and then using that as the pretext to go about the important business of helping kill British soldiers.

Perhaps the next time those cor blimey true blue Brits Moazem Beggs or Binyam Mohamed fly back to Pakistan to ” find themselves” or ” bring charity” they might be able to assist our British forces identifying those fellow Muslims who seek to help kill them. After all, with the likes of Mr Muhamed being a born again true Brit – with our nation’s politiicans falling over themselves to bring the hero home – I am sure he will share my concern that these Islamic fifth columnists that live amongst us are outed and justice brought to them.


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 10:35 am

I see that Spain has taken offence at Princess Anne’s forthcoming visit to labelling it as “inopportune”.

The Princess Royal is due to visit the Rock to open a medical centre named after her next month. Angel Lossada, Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, telephoned Denise Holt, the British Ambassador in Spain, to express Spain’s “annoyance” at the two-day visit. A Spanish Foreign Office spokesman said: “The Secretary of State told the ambassador the visit was inopportune with regard to the sensibilities of the Spanish people.”

Sod them!. It’s the sensibilities of loyal Gibraltarians that count not the weasely Spanish, so Zapatero and his weasely crew can take a hike lest their “sensitivities”overcome them!


By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 10:20 am

It is interesting to read that a win for the British National Party yesterday has sent a tremor through Labour amid growing fears the recession is driving angry voters into the arms of so called extremist parties.

The BNP seized a Labour seat in a district council by-election in Sevenoaks, Kent, leading some to warn it could make significant advances in the local and European elections to be held in June. The town is a Tory stronghold at Westminster. Local politicians, showing how in touch they are, had previously dismissed the chances of a BNP breakthrough.

The advance of the BNP will come as no surprise to anyone surveying the political topography of the UK, and in England in particular. That LABOUR voters turn to them is even less surprising. The continued demonisation of the BNP only adds to their appeal for some and I shouldn’t be surprised to see them make their biggest gains in Labour areas, as the recession kicks in harder and people ask whatever happened to British jobs?

Mehl im Maule behalten,

By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 8:42 am

It states a great deal about the verbal agility of the BBC Today interviewers, as well as their guests, that one of the prime factors concerning a person was not even mentioned during the so-called interview.

I refer of course to our forthcoming guest Binyam Mo- who is being returned to our cold and rainy shores from the perfect weather and climate of Cuba’s Guantanamo Bay. 

One of the interviewees was one Moazim Begg, himself no stranger to ‘Gitmo, who casually claimed without of course clarification or explanation, that our Binyam had been subjected to torure in Morocco and Afghanistan during his student travels (sorry, extraordinary rendition), and this note was reinforced by Lord Carlisle, who found our friend Mo- innocent before trial or any other inquiry had been carried out.

The long stream of words, opinions and accusations rolled on in their usual fashion, with the only thing absent from their conclusions was how our friend Binyam, who strangely enough was described not so long ago as being ‘near to death’s door, could be granted a knighthood or a peerage.

The missing factor, as you may remember, was the slightly unfortunate fact that Mo- was in fact a bogus asylum seeker, here illegally and without documentation, presumably because he’d heard that Islam was flourishing in Britain. 



By ATWadmin On February 21st, 2009 at 1:56 am

Sad news came today that Socks, the nation’s First Cat during the Clinton Administration, went to that great litterbox in the sky.  Apparently Socks was twenty years of age and had been battling ill health and some nasty fur balls in recent years.  Unlike either of the Clintons, Socks did not have nine lives.

Felis Catus is not the domestic pet for everyone.  People have been divided over the course of history on the issue of the felines.  The Ancient Egyptians of course had an almost cult-like devotion for cats, seeing them as godlike, and treating them with great respect.  Medieval Europeans, on the other hand, saw cats as agents of the devil and killed as many as they could get their hands on.  Not exactly a bright idea considering the Black Plague was spread by rats whom cats would have reduced in number. 

I won’t suggest where in the hierachy of cat heroes old Socks ranked.  Garfield, Krazy Kat, Felix, Sylvester, Tiger, The Cheshire Cat, Puss in Boots and of course the Cat in the Hat all have their devoted followers.  Socks may not have been everyone’s cup of tea, or in this case, saucer of milk.  But I admire anyone who leaves the White House scandal free,  be they Democrat, Republican or  man’s second best friend.  Certainly Bill Clinton respected Socks since living with Hillary he knew what it was like to live with someone with protractable claws. 

So rest in peace Socks, a grateful nation thanks you for your service.